Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Executive Order to Expand Mental Health Services
On January 9, 2018, President Trump and VA Secretary David Shulkin announced a new Executive Order to develop a plan to provide "seamless access" to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources for 12 months for members leaving military service. Suicide prevention is a top priority for the VA. The order will go into effect on March 9, 2018, after the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and the VA design a Joint Action Plan. Presently, any newly transitioned Service member can contact the nearest VA medical center or Vet Center to ask for mental health services and start receiving care even if they are not enrolled with the VA.
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